How to Plan Your Week to be Productive
How to plan your week to be productive: We all have the same number of hours in the day, how can we make them the most productive? Here's how… I'll be honest ... I have a major obsession with organization, tackle my to-do list and multitasking. My desire to do a ton of things can […]

How to plan your week to be productive: We all have the same number of hours in the day, how can we make them the most productive? Here's how…

I'll be honest ... I have a major obsession with organization, tackle my to-do list and multitasking. My desire to do a ton of things can spill over into almost every aspect of my day.

For example, some days it's hard for me to even want to take the time to take a shower unless I can listen to a podcast and learn something by doing it. I mean, how wild is that?

Or if I wake up because of a snowstorm at 3 a.m. (it's very possible here in Montana) I want to get out of bed and start my day in order to accomplish more things instead of trying to fall asleep again.

Is it healthy now? I do not know. I mean, my body is tired some days and I refuse to rest sometimes. So I'm sure it's not the healthiest. However, I love that I am able to do so many things many days because of this natural "motivation" that I have.

But I know productivity is a big desire for many of you too, and I wanted a friend to come over and share their expert advice on how to plan to be more productive throughout the week, because the Productivity planning is something we can ALL get on board, even if you're a multitasking like me or need a boost to get things done!

So I'm glad to have Mim's love here with us today, sharing with us the BEST ways to find more productivity these days!

How to plan your week to be productive

How to plan your week to be productive

How come some women seem to have it all together every week when you feel knee deep in the weeds surrounded by the feeling of being overwhelmed?

I'll tell you a secret! For many, it's due to the work they do before their week even starts.

Have a routine

Having a routine in place that helps you plan your week in advance will not only help you stay organized and on track with your goals, but it can also improve your mental health.

Because let's face it, no one wants to spend more time "overwhelming" than they need to.

In this guide, you will learn how to effectively plan your week in just 20 minutes each week.

The result?

Peace! You will be able to start your weekend and the week after, knowing that you know what's going on, what needs to be done and when.

5 steps to plan your week

Here are the five steps to planning a productive week in just 15 minutes.

1. Pick your perfect planner.

If you've never used a planner before, figuring out what type of planner is best for you to get started with can be pretty straightforward.

Are you a list builder? If so, a vertical style planner with plenty of room to create bulleted lists will work well.

More creative? Try bullet journaling where you'll have plenty of white space to decorate and plan your way.

Is daily journaling your thing? A horizontal style planner might give you the option of writing longer sentences to describe everything you need to do for the week.

Also remember that as you get used to planning your week in an agenda, you will soon begin to realize what type of planning style works best for you.

2. Choose a time to schedule.

Find a 15-minute slot on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday - or early Monday morning before your day really begins.

Friday afternoons are a perfect time unless you are running with the kids!

By the end of the week, you're already clear on what needs to be done next week and it's also a great opportunity to sit down and reflect on the week you just spent.

Find a quiet, uninterrupted space and open your agenda for the next week.

Write down the plans and goals you have for each day for your personal, work and family life.

This includes all appointments, recurring events, and of course, your to-do lists. But before you get carried away ...

3. Be ruthless in what you do and do not commit to.

Each day, choose one main task to accomplish. It could be an appointment, a phone call, or a specific task.

Put it at the top of your list or somewhere very clearly marked on your calendar.

It is the only task you agree to do, no matter what. No picking!

Then choose and schedule 1-5 other tasks and appointments that you can accomplish that day. No more than five.

Why? Well, unless it's extremely small tasks, the likelihood of you doing them is slim.

We want to plan realistically, because coming to the end of the day and realizing that you've barely made a dent in your to-do list isn't motivating. So, get ready for practical success.

You can always add a "Nice To Do" list, which you can skip to if you go through your important tasks first.

4. Take into account the fun!

Are you guilty of arriving at the end of the week and realizing you haven't had a minute to yourself? Or put everyone's needs ahead of your own?

Chances are, it's because you've planned for everyone and not for yourself!

With that in mind, plan for the fun things too: self-care activities, phone calls with friends, reading your book, a quick meditation or exercise, a craft or art project, etc.

Even if you only find 5 minutes a day to focus solely on you, be sure to plan this self-care or fun activity.

5. Build the habit.

Over time, when you regularly start to see the benefits of planning your week in advance, you will find it one of the most enjoyable parts of your week!

However, how do you get into the habit of planning in the first place?

Consistency is the key - and configure your environment so that it is as easy as possible to sit down to use your daily planner.

Perhaps you could open your planner in the kitchen, on your desk, or some other central place in the house where you will always see it?

You may even need to set a reminder on your phone at first to remind you to check your calendar! Listen, whatever works for you is fine.

The usual plan

Thank you very much, Mim! I absolutely loved all of his ideas for finding more ways to plan your week to be more productive! Is not it?

She also wants to share with you her monthly program “The Habit Plan” which can really help you take control of your planning and organization!

As a member of The usual plan, you will be invited to monthly planning sessions to help you get organized, free yourself, and achieve your goals.

Planning your week in advance generally won't take more than 15 minutes each week and a few minutes each day to see what needs to be done and tick off your lists.

The benefits of being more organized are endless - so why not give it a try and start planning your week now!

For a free printable weekly planner to help you get started with these steps, click here.

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About the Author

Mim Jenkinson helps busy women get creative and have fun with planning and organizing!

His blog, www.lovefrommim.com is a place to learn realistic steps, strategies and routines to create positive, lasting habits that you will stick to.

Mim is a married Aussie / British stationery lover, mother of two living in NSW, Australia. (And the biggest Outlander fan in the world!).

When not organizing her home or writing a hundred lists, Mim loves growing her business online, listening to podcasts, dancing in the kitchen to country music, enjoying outdoor walks, and meditating daily. .

You can follow Mim here:

Blog: https://lovefrommim.com

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